Encounters in Bioethics Program

Description

The Encounters in Bioethics Program is an essential part of the Centre for Health Care Ethics’ mission to foster high-quality, ethical health care through research, education, and capacity building.

Eight times a year, Encounters in Bioethics presents discussions and dialogues on ethical issues in health care. The sessions are freely available and are accessible via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Each one-hour-long session usually consists of a guest speaker, who is a recognized scholar/researcher, a local/regional practitioner, and/or a person with lived experience or a caregiver. The speaker presents a particular topic that highlights current moral issues in bioethics. After the presentation, there is normally an opportunity to discuss the issues with questions and comments from audience members via the Zoom chat feature.

Previous Encounters in Bioethics discussions have focused on issues such as end-of-life decisions, ethics of research with human subjects, Indigenous health ethics, cross-cultural values, religious and cultural interpretations, allocation of scarce resources, and professional codes of ethics.

Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Please join us!


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Encounters in Bioethics 2022-2023

Ethical Decision Making in Palliative Care

Thursday, April 27, 2023
12 - 1 pm

  • Define the palliative approach to care.
  • Discuss some common ethical issues in the context of palliative care.
  • Explain an approach to ethical (patient-centred) decision-making with advanced care planning and goals of care discussions.

Presenter: Christine W. Pun, MD, CCFP(EM)(PC), FCFP Emergency and Palliative Care Physician, Health Sciences North, Sudbury, ON

Facilitator: Ryan Tonkens PhD, Bioethicist

Free webinar. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request to chce@lakeheadu.ca.

Poster Encounters in Bioethics 2022-23


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Encounters in Bioethics 2022-2023

Jehovah's Witnesses and Consent for Blood Product Alternatives: An Evidence-Informed Approach to Ethics

Thursday, April 27, 2023
12 - 1 pm

  • Discussion about the classic ethical issue of a patient refusing allogenic blood products.
  • Navigating individual Jehovah’s Witness patient’s conscience and acceptability.
  • Exploring the evidence/resources for alternative strategies/options.

Presenter: David McFadyen, Presentation Coordinator, Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah's Witnesses (HLC) for Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.

Facilitator: Ryan Tonkens PhD, Bioethicist

Free webinar. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request to chce@lakeheadu.ca.

Poster Encounters in Bioethics 2022-23


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Encounters in Bioethics 2022-2023

An Introduction to Rural Health Ethics

Thursday, March 23, 2023
12 - 1 pm

At the end of this session, participants will be able to

  • Identify ways in which traditional ethical theories and approaches may be enhanced by a rural perspective.
  • Describe the importance of challenging some common assumptions/stereotypes about rural life and rural health care.
  • Discuss the value of relationships, community, and place.

Presenters: Christy Simpson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University and Fiona McDonald, PhD, Associate Professor, QUT Law School, Queensland University of Technology & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University.

Facilitator: Ryan Tonkens PhD, Bioethicist

Free webinar. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request to chce@lakeheadu.ca.

Poster Encounters in Bioethics 2022-23 January 26, 2023


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Encounters in Bioethics 2022-2023

Being, Becoming & Belonging as a Nurse

Thursday, February 23, 2023
12 - 1 pm

  • We define the role of norms, social identity, and organizational culture in nursing.
  • How does this relate to the recruitment and retention of nurses?
  • What could this mean for the future of a sustainable nursing workforce?

Presenter: Catherine Schoales, RN, BSc, BEd, MScN, PhD (candidate), Lecturer, School of Nursing, Lakehead University; President, GNAO-NWO Chapter
Facilitator: Ryan Tonkens PhD, Bioethicist

This session is offered in collaboration with the Gerontological Nursing Association-Northwestern Ontario Chapter.

Free webinar. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request to chce@lakeheadu.ca.

Poster Encounters in Bioethics 2022-23 January 26, 2023


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Encounters in Bioethics 2022-2023

An Ethical Lens on MAiD in Canada: A soon-to-be-released book!

Thursday, January 26, 2023
12 - 1 pm

  • A new addition to the International Library of Bioethics!
  • Be part of a respectful discussion about:
    • the need to balance a range of treatment options,
    • the role of access to care and social disparities,
    • and our duty to protect from the potential harms of expanding this legislation too quickly.

Presenters: David Shannon, C. M., O. Ont., LLM, Barrister-and-Solicitor, Shannon Law, and Jaro Kotalik, MD, MA, FRCPC, Professor, NOSM University, Lakehead University Centre for Health Care Ethics.

Free webinar. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.
Certificate of Attendance available upon request to chce@lakeheadu.ca.

Credential Earned
Record of Attendance
Type
Program
Instructional Method
Lecture
Web Based
Location
Online
Schedule
Eight Sessions Per Year, Thursdays, 12 to 1 pm
Dates
January 26, 2023
February 23, 2023
March 23, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 25, 2023
Cost
Free

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